The Whitest Kids began in 1999 when Trevor Moore, a young comedian from Charlottesville, Virginia, transferred to New York’s School of Visual Arts film program. Moore previously produced a local TV sketch-comedy show in Virginia titled The Trevor Moore Show, but it was later canceled because some people[who?] felt offended by the content.
After making the rounds at local New York City comedy clubs, he eventually met fellow SVA film student Sam Brown from Massachusetts and SVA Graphic Design student/actor Zach Cregger, from Arlington, Virginia. By chance, all three lived in the same dormitory. According to an IFC interview, Trevor Moore says that the group’s name originated during a freestyle rapping session on a subway, when one of their friends said, “You guys are the whitest kids I know.”
The troupe started off as an officially sanctioned club at School of Visual Arts. During the early years, WKUK included writer Jon Kovel, Oliver Lyons, Anthony Mair, and singer Tina Tiongson. Timmy Williams also joined in late 2001 and was the only member at the time who did not attend SVA.